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If they’re like most Oscar winners, the team behind The Artist will have spent the first day of the rest of their lives in keeping with Hollywood’s greatest and most lucrative traditions.

Woke up, pinched, and made sure -oui! — it truly was a gold statuette on their bedside table, France’s newly minted movie stars probably spent their waking hours pondering two pressing questions: how to shift that throbbing hangover, and which of the myriad career choices that would suddenly appear on their horizon. should they appear next?

Breaking the silence

The first will not be easily answered. After refreshment at the Governor’s Ball, the team that won five of Sunday’s Academy Awards — including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor — attended a packed party hosted by their film’s distributor, Harvey. Weinstein, at the Mondrian Hotel in Hollywood.

Then they went through the Vanity Fair bash, before moving on to the Chateau Marmont hotel, where around 4 a.m. several rambunctious members of their entourage jumped into the pool fully clothed.

The second post-Oscar question requires even more careful consideration. Like all winners of show business’s highest accolades, The Artist’s lead actor Jean Dujardin, director Michel Hazanavicius and producer Thomas Langmann will be inundated with potential job openings for the time being. But, as any Hollywood agent will tell you, a plethora of choices doesn’t always make for easy decisions.

Take advantage of the success

On a purely pragmatic level, history suggests that all three, if they wish, can use The Artist’s success to gain financial security. The film has already grossed $76 million worldwide and is now expanding to more than 2,000 U.S. theaters, with the aim of further capitalizing on its Best Picture status.

In addition to the “back-end” earnings from that pot — which must also be submerged by the voracious Weinstein — they have the right to use their fashionable status to secure significant paydays.

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